St. Martin Rental Cars

Car rentals are a good option for touring both nations while visiting the island

 

It seems like second nature for most travelers these days: when you book your flight and hotel, you book a rental car as well. While this is not always necessary, those visiting St. Martin may find merit in having the ability to drive back and forth between the French and Dutch sides of the island with ease.

Renting a Car

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Rental agencies will usually deliver cars directly to your hotel, so you may need to take a taxi from the airport. There are many agencies at your disposal, however, and you can find rental car stations near the airport.

Requirements and restrictions can vary. St. Martin does honor international driver's licenses for those who wish to rent cars, but if you are concerned about minimum and maximum age restrictions, insurance requirements and the like, consider contacting each firm directly, before making a final decision.

Take a look at the following table which shows the array of area vehicle rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Alamo Car Rental (059) 029-2732 Blue Bay Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon
Automax Car Rental (069) 035-4075 Orient Bay
Autopro (059) 087-3685 Grand Case - Grand-Case
Budget Rent A Car (059) 087-3822 Cul de Sac - French Cul de Sac
Discount Car Rental (059) 052-8507 Sandy Ground
Economy Car Rental (059) 087-5083 191 Rue de Hollande - Marigot
Exotic Cars (059) 029-2010 C.O.B. Galisbay - Marigot
Express Rent A Car (059) 087-8759 Agrement - Marigot
F.W.I. Baie Nettle (059) 087-7833 Sandy Ground
Fantastic Car Rental (059) 087-7109 Rue St. James - Marigot
Garage De Concordia (059) 087-5581 Les Villages de St. Martin - Marigot
Golfe Car Rental (059) 051-9481 Golfe Hotel - Downtown Marigot
Hertz L'Esperance (059) 077-7777 L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case
Julian's Car Rental (059) 087-5600 Marigot
Kangourou (059) 087-7313 Marigot
Lucky's Car Rental (059) 063-0597 Marigot
National Car Rental (059) 029-2732 Mont Vernon - Mont Vemon
Next Level Car Rental (721) 522-8748 17 Rue Frederick Arrondell - Marigot
Omega Car Rental (059) 029-0545 23 St. James Low Town - Marigot
Paradise Tourism (069) 030-1866 Grand-Case
Prestige Transport (059) 087-5371 Grand-Case
Thrifty SFG (059) 029-2424 L'Esperance Airport - Grand-Case
Triple A Car Rental (059) 027-0580 Rue de l'Esperance - Grand-Case
Unity Car Rental (059) 087-3497 Belle Plaine Orleans - Marigot

The Cost of Renting a Car

Rental rates are affordable, with prices ranging from $30 to $50(USD) a day with unlimited mileage and free drop-off service. Renters will incur extra fees with the price of gasoline, child seats, extra driver permits, and the highly recommended collision damage insurance, which will generally run from $9 to $14(USD) a day. Credit card holders should also learn about rental vehicle insurance that may be held on their cards.

Driving Around Saint Martin

Driving is done on the right hand side of the road in St. Martin. Roads are well maintained and in good condition for the Caribbean, but drivers should beware of poorly lit streets, herds of animals, and concealed or missing street signs. Drivers should always drive defensively while in another country.

Seat belts are required to be worn by all ages and at all times. Children under 12 must ride in the back seat, and children under 4 should be in a car seat or booster. Some rental car agencies even offer safety seats for rent.

While you should have minimal problems coming across places to refuel, it is still helpful to take a look at the table just below for a picture of where some of them can be found.

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Best Buy Gas (059) 087-7037 Quartier d'Orleans - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South West of Orient Bay
Blue Point Gas (590) 590 21-5179 Galisbay - Downtown Marigot
Cadisco -- 2.8 mi. (4.4 km) North of Oyster Pond
Gas Station -- Rue de la Hollande - Downtown Marigot
Injection Marine (059) 087-7076 Anse Marcel
Saint Martin Hydrocarbure (059) 087-5767 La Savane - Downtown Marigot
Statation Service Baie Nettle (059) 087-8371 Sandy Ground
Texaco-Starmart (059) 029-0033 Rue de Hollande - Downtown Marigot
Trio (059) 087-2805 La Savane - Downtown Marigot

There are plenty of options for renting a car in St. Martin, and the absence of a custom or border patrol station means that a short drive is the only thing that separates the French and the Dutch sides of the island.

 

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